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movita’s pasta sauce

After the construction of our pallet table yesterday, we were very hungry. I didn’t really do anything to help build the table, but watching someone else work can be exhausting. I decided to whip up a batch of my almost famous pasta sauce for 2.0, hoping he would think I had been very busy in the kitchen as he sawed, drilled and hammered in the hot sun. (Truth be told, this sauce is incredibly easy to make, and once you’ve chopped your ingredients it pretty much makes itself. Shhhhhh.) Our first meal upon the newly constructed table would be a hearty linguine covered in sauce. I figured the table would be sturdy enough to handle the load.

I make my own pasta sauce. I don’t buy that crap in a can. My sauce is similar to the one my mother used to make when we were growing up. It’s never the same twice – sometimes it has meat, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes I add wine, sometimes I just drink it. The veggies depend on what’s on hand. Originally, I thought about calling it: Crap From the Refrigerator Sauce, but it turns out people don’t find that particularly appetizing. People want to believe you made a special trip to the markets and hand-picked each ingredient with that particular guest in mind. So, in order to make people feel super special I now call it: Movita Made This Especially For You Pasta Sauce.

It’s not a thick sauce. It’s a bit runny. It’s all those good-for-you veggies in there. It’s a fresh, summery kind of pasta sauce. Sop up the extra goop with a piece of bread. Live a little.

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Movita Made This Especially For You Pasta Sauce – movita

  • olive oil
  • 1-2 medium-sized onions, diced
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 yellow zucchini, diced
  • 1 green zucchini, diced
  • 1 pkg mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow, red or orange pepper, diced
  • 2-3 cans tomatoes – diced, crushed, or whole (whatever you prefer, break up whole tomatoes as you are cooking with a spoon)
  • spices to taste – I use italian seasoning, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper
  • tiny bottle red wine or red wine to taste (optional)
  • other possibilities to throw into the mix: celery, fresh tomatoes, ground beef, fake meat, bacon

Throw a couple of tablespoons of olive oil into a dutch oven. Cook the onion and garlic over medium heat for a few minutes, allowing them to become soft and fragrant. Add in the other chopped veggies and cook for several minutes, letting the veggies get softer. Add your spices – don’t be too heavy handed, you can add more later. Add the canned tomatoes. Add the wine. Simmer for a long time. Add additional seasonings if so desired. Serve over pasta and top with parmesan cheese.

If you want to make this a meat sauce, start by browning the meat and then proceed as above.


  1. Marsha Sefcik Interiors on August 3, 2010 at 10:49 am

    ooh, I am always on the hunt for a good pasta sauce. Love all the veggies in it. Like you, I do not care for the stuff that comes out of the can either. Thanks for post. Also, thanks for the sense of humor in them. You crack me up.

    • movitabeaucoup on August 3, 2010 at 4:51 pm

      It’s all for you Marsha. It’s all for you.

      The sauce is like a veggie bonanza for your pasta. Unlike many of the things I like to cook/consume, it’s actually… healthy.

  2. emmalina73 on August 3, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Looks most delightful and delicious. Your original title reminds me of my Crap I have left over stir fry. For some reason it is only me that ever wants it…

    I’ll be trying this recipe within the week.

    • movitabeaucoup on August 3, 2010 at 7:41 pm

      Crap I Have Left Over Stir Fry sounds super awesome.

      Why are people so fussy?

      • Adopamop on August 9, 2010 at 6:26 am

        One of my favourite dishes for a while was “goo #2” until we forgot what went into it.

        • movitabeaucoup on August 9, 2010 at 7:12 am

          This makes me sad. Perhaps you could do some research and create Goo #3.

  3. Adopamop on August 10, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Goo #3 and possibly goo #4 are likely what killed goo #2. Since they were all ‘stick a bunch of what we have in the house in a pan together’ style recipies I think goo #3 was an attempt to improve upon goo #2 and goo #4 might have been an attempt to get back to goo #2 but after too much time had gone by. Unfortunately I fear that the magic combo of random household ingredients which came together so well in goo#2 may have been lost forever.

    • movitabeaucoup on August 10, 2010 at 10:51 am

      I’m really starting to crave this goo, and don’t even know what it consists of. Maybe you should do a guest post.

      • Adopamop on August 10, 2010 at 9:11 pm

        It would take quite a lot of back tracking to figure out exactly what it was though I’m pretty sure it involved pasta and creme fraiche.

  4. movita beaucoup on May 11, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Comments on this post are now closed as it was published in August 2010. Happy cooking!